The retail outlet of AG Macarons on Dupont closed back in 2020, and the Etobicoke bakery at 709 The Queensway is closing today on Valentine’s Day. But the very good news is, there will still be plenty of bakeries to purchase these beautiful macarons.
Owner Anet Gesualdi, who became a professional baker after falling in love with macarons on her Paris honeymoon, will now be completely focusing on expanding her wholesale business. You will be able to find AG Macarons at over 300 locations in Canada and 500 in the US.
Macarons consist of two small, round almond meringue cookies with a creamy filling in between. They are believed to have been invented in Italy in the 16th century, then brought to France by Catherine de’ Medici who married the French king Henry II. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the macaron became the popular delicacy we know today.
The making of macarons is a delicate process that requires skill, precision and patience. The basic recipe consists of almond flour, powdered sugar, egg whites, and granulated sugar. The ingredients are mixed and then piped into small circles onto a baking sheet, and then baked in the oven. The filling, piped onto one of the cookies and then sandwiched with another cookie, is just as important as the cookies themselves. The fillings at AG Macarons are delicious, delightful and there are dozens including lemon meringue, pink champagne, pistachio, toasted coconut, strawberry cream, birthday cake, bubblegum and cotton candy.
These are always such a lovely, elegant treat for a special occasion. If you are looking for AG Macarons in Toronto, they will still be easy to track down. Bake Sale and San Remo Bakery in Mimico carry AG Macarons in all their standard and seasonal flavours.